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Happy Anniversay – Library of Congress April 18, 2015

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On April 24, 1800 Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress…and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.”

The Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov) is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. Comprised of three buildings: The Thomas Jefferson Building, the James Madison Building and the John Adams Building, it is the largest library in the world containing millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collection.

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The End of the Civil War – April 1865 April 16, 2015

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 Surrender  – Appomattox, Virginia – April 9, 1865

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Using the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home, Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces. Lee’s surrender signaled the end of the Southern states’ attempt to create a separate nation. Three days later the men of the Army of Northern Virginia marched before the Union Army, laid down their flags, stacked their weapons, and began the journey back to their homes. This was a new beginning for the nation.

5 Days Later – April 14, 1865 – Lincoln Assassinated

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President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C. He died the following day.

The library subscribes to a variety of engaging history magazines.

You’re invited to stop by and check out –

American History

American Spirit

Civil War Times

Military History

Smithsonian

Timeline

~Emma

87 Years and Counting April 13, 2015

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April 12th – 18th

It’s time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote use and support.

Rocky River Public Library Historic Milestones
 http://www.rrpl.org/local_history/timeline.html

~Emma

April is National Poetry Month April 1, 2015

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We pay tribute to the great legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets

and the vital place of poetry in American culture.

In addition to a wide variety of books on poets and poetry, the Rocky River Public Library subscribes to-

Poets & Writers – the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

Writer’s Digest – a resource for writers, celebrating the writing life

and what it means to be a writer in today’s publishing environment.

~Emma

Tea is the New Coffee! February 24, 2015

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It’s been bitterly cold out here in the Cleveland area! Or, haven’t you noticed? Rather than complain about it, I’ll share one of the ways I’ve been staying warm during this (seemingly endless) winter! I’m drinking more tea!

We no longer want to pitch our tea into the Boston harbor. (An act which would be less effective given its current frozen-over state). We just want to drink it.

It’s nothing new. Tea has been around for thousands of years, and yet, just in recent years, tea is growing in popularity all over the U.S., including the Cleveland area where we have new tea shops like: The Tea Lab in Lakewood, Cleveland Tea Revival on w. 29th Street, Tea-vana on Cedar Road, and the airport’s Inca Tea, just to name a few! Americans are craving this tasty, hot beverage more than ever!

cupofteaAnd with good reason! Did you know that drinking tea is good for you too?

Tea can neutralize free radicals in the body, decrease your blood cholesterol, reduce your body fat, and inhibit high blood pressure. Some types of teas can stimulate digestion and stimulate the elimination of fats! Tea is antibacterial, anti-fungal, has Vitamins C, B, E, Folic Acid, B Carotene, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Fluorine, and Chlorophyll.

Want to learn more? Check out these articles:

http://www.itoen.co.jp/eng/allabout_greentea/components_benefit.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/types-of-tea

Or stop in Rocky River Public Library for these books:

Tales Of A Tea Leaf : The Complete Guide To Tea Cuisine by Jill Yates

Liquid Jade : The Story Of Tea From East To West by Beatrice Hohenegger

The Ultimate Tea Diet : your guide to good health one cup of tea at a time : how tea can boost your metabolism, shrink your appetite, and kick-start remarkable weight loss by Mark Ukra

So, grab your book, make a cup, drink up, and (try to) stay warm!   

~Carol

Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? February 17, 2015

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 Who are you? No, really?

 Do you know your grandparent’s names? What about your great-great grandparent’s names? Do you know where they lived? If they were born in America or Overseas? Were they Italian, Irish, Middle Eastern?

 I love learning about my own ancestry, and based on the popularity of PBS shows like Genealogy Roadshow, African-American Lives, and Finding Your Roots, as well as the use of websites like Ancestry.com, it is obvious that many other people do too.

 Did you know that you can research your family roots with resources provided by your favorite library? Here at Rocky River Public Library, we subscribe to two genealogy research databases, Ancestry (for in-library use only) and Heritage Quest. Did I mention they are free to use with your library card? You can find access to those resources at: http://www.rrpl.org/research/research_subject.html#genealogy We also link to cool searchable websites like Ellis Island passenger lists (http://libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger), the Ohio Death Index, and others that can help you get to the bottom of just how and when your people got here, their occupations, and who they lived with. Just think, you might just find a long-lost cousin or two.

I found census records for my family from 1920, enlistment cards from my Grandfather’s time in the Army, death records for family members I didn’t know existed, and much, much more! One of my favorite discoveries is a picture of the ship my grandparents emigrated upon, the Oropesa:

oropesaAre you curious about your origins? Why not try searching your family tree? What might you discover?

I hope you enjoy finding out!

~Carol

We’re readers! Let’s talk about it! February 10, 2015

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Love your library? Me too! Love to read? Oh, me too! Hey, have you read the latest John Grisham book? So did I!

I hear conversations like the above every day here at Rocky River Public Library. As a matter of fact, I’m often in the middle of one of them.

 I don’t know about you but when I finish reading what I consider a “really good” book, I like to share, recommend, and talk about it! And when my friends inside or outside of the library have read that same book too, it makes the conversation even better–even if they *gasp* didn’t love it, or even if they *worse* hated it! There’s something about this kind of shared experience and connection of the book that I just don’t get when discussing a TV show or a movie. Reading can be so personal—you hear the author’s words your own voice; you imagine the characters’ looks and nuances as you read; you can share a specific experience or thought with a character in a story. And yet, so many of us love to talk about the book experience when it is over. Is this validation we are looking for? Excuses to avoid our real-world responsibilities in order to sit and read? Whatever the reason, for many of us, that ‘follow-up’ is just as much of a need as the original desire to read a book.

 Looking for a place to get that need met? Stop in the library, browse our books, and talk to our librarians about what you like to read. We love sharing our favorites too! Want to delve a little deeper? We host book clubs for all ages! Come join one! You can find out about our book clubs (and other programs) here: http://oh.evanced.info/rrpl/lib/eventcalendar.asp We hope to see you soon.

 Now, go ahead, get back to that book!

Carol

It’s Groundhog Day (Again)! February 2, 2015

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Today is Groundhog Day! “Why celebrate?” you ask. Yes, I agree that it’s a day of tradition that usually just brings us bad news. Indeed, according to news reports today, Punxsutawney Phil has already seen his shadow. If you believe his forecasting skills, we now we have six more weeks of winter to look forward to. Don’t be too sad–just think of all the great reading and movie watching you can do stuck inside all those extra days.

In fact, I’m sure I’ll be able to catch one of my all-time favorite movies on TV. Groundhog Day will no doubt be on at least one channel this evening. I love this movie, and not just because it stars the wonderful, Bill Murray. I love Groundhog Day, because it is the ultimate ‘do-over’ film. I love nothing better than a story where the character gets a chance to relive their past to get it right.

Another great ‘do-over’ movie is Sliding Doors. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a London woman whose future hinges on whether or not she catches a train. Her character’s two realities run parallel in this film about fate and choices, but it’s hard not to root for her ‘better’ half to get it right in the end.

For great ‘do-over’ reading, pick up Rainbow Rowell’s newest novel, Landline. This novel is about a marriage on the rocks. Georgie and Neal are separated at Christmas, and the only way Georgie can talk to her husband is on an old landline phone in her childhood bedroom. In there, the Neal who answers her calls is Neal from her past college days, pre-marriage. Can Georgie get her husband to fall for her all over again?

Sure, this is pure escape, reading and viewing fun! But, think about it! What would you do if you had a chance to do something over again?    ~Carol

Happy New Year to All! January 2, 2015

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Here’s hoping 2015 is a great year for everyone!

A few books on my nightstand already to help me ring in this new year of reading:

The Paris Winter

by Imogen Robertson

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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

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Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

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My resolution to read more is already well on its way! Best of luck to you on all of yours!

—Maureen

2014 Top Ten plus 4 and 1 Tribute December 12, 2014

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Woo Hoo! I love talking books so I am very grateful to have a chance to share my favorite books of 2014 with other readers. I do have to apologize for not having all of these titles in our Reading Room but I will work on it as one of my top resolutions for 2015. If you have been following our lists this past week, you can easily see that all of us have different reading interests! We are a very diverse staff! My favorite kinds of books are the ones with quirky, likeable characters and sentimental, mushy stories that tend to have happy endings. It was hard to whittle my list down to just 10 books but here it is:

otherwise engaged    Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) never disappoints me. Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler and guidebook writer, is one sassy heroine and no one can stop her, not even a serial killer!

lost lake   Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

One word describes the author’s books — Magical. Kate and her daughter attempt to find their lives again at Lost Lake, the run-down summer resort owned by her great-aunt Eby.

book of life  The Book of Life by Deborah E. Harkness

In this conclusion to  All Souls trilogy, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont must find Ashmole 782 before the birth of their children. This is a perfect book with fantasy, romance, magic, history and science all blended together.

mimi mallooy   Mimi Malloy at Last: A Novel by Julia MacDonnell

It is never too late for a second chance at love even for sixty-something Mimi Malloy with a fading memory. Tissues are needed for the end of this one.

all you can dream   The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel by Barbara O’Neal

I needed tissues for this book too but along with the tears, I laughed and laughed with food blogger Lavender Wills and her online food blogger friends who visit her on her organic farm.

chestnut street   Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

This posthumously published collection of short stories revolve around the imaginary Chestnut Street in Dublin where neighbors may come and go but their lives are all intermingled together.

monogram murders   The Monogram Murders: the New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah

He’s back! With permission from the Agatha Christie estate, the author, Sophie Hannah, has created a new Hercule Poirot mystery filled with red herrings, twists and turns that will puzzle  new and old Agatha Christie fans. Ooh-la-la!!

goodnight june   Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of my favorite’s childhood books. When June Anderson finds some lost letters between her great-aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, she is determined to prove that their friendship was the inspiration behind the classic book.  I absolutely adored this book!

secret life   The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

Gosh darn! I don’t know how this author can blend two such  fascinating stories in one but she does! In 1964, Vivian Schuyler receives an overseas package that had been lost in the mail. This  draws her back into her family’ past and into the life of an aunt that she never knew from the 1940s.

oneplusone  One Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

This was another book that I laughed and cried because of the quirky characters and their off-kilter romance during their horrible, disaster-prone road trip with a moody stepson, a 10 year-old math whiz  and one stinky dog that was just too-too much!

happyface  Now for my Plus 4:

grimm warning  The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

This is the third book in the Land of Stories series and each one gets better and better. Alex is now training to be the next Fairy Godmother in the Land of Stories. When Connor discovers a clue left by the Grimm Brothers that warns of danger to the Land of Stories, he must get back there to warn his sister.

 

Horton  Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

This is a collection of lost stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss that were first published in the 1950s in various magazines. Since I love Horton the Elephant, I loved the new story with Horton and how he deals with the Kwuggerbug.

nancy knows   Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

I love elephant stories and this one is my new favorite. What an original! The story is simple as Nancy tries to remember something important but the illustrations are so imaginative and delightful that makes this picture book stand out!

alexander best   Alexander, Who’s Trying his Best to be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Isidre Mones in the style of Ray Cruz

This is a wonderful installment to the Alexander books first published in 1972.

 

Finally, my Tribute to P.D. James

 P.D. James, an English crime writer famous for her detective novels featuring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh, died at the age of 94 on November 27, 2014.

Her last book, Death Comes to Pemberley death comes to pemberly was published in 2011 so I really couldn’t include it in my top ten list of 2014 but it too is one of my favorite books. I love Jane Austen and I definitely loved how P.D. James adapted Pride and Prejudice to create this mystery whodunit. This book has also been made into a PBS Masterpiece Mystery. Take a look at her interview on YouTube, P. D. James on Jane Austen and Death Comes to Pemberley.

santa46Happy Reading! Happy Holidays! Donna

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